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Preview: Stevenage (H)

Looking ahead to Stevenage's visit to Meadow Lane

14 September 2018

Harry Kewell takes charge of Notts County at Meadow Lane for the first time on Saturday with Stevenage the visitors.

The new gaffer is hoping to kick-start the Magpies' season by guiding the players to their first victory of the campaign.

The visitors come into the clash on the back of a 1-0 win over Macclesfield after failing to score in any of their three previous Sky Bet League Two games.

Boro are currently 11th in the table, with 11 points from their seven games played, but they haven’t won at Meadow Lane since 2013.

Harry Kewell shouts

Kewell says…

“This was my first uninterrupted week with the players where we’ve been able to all share ideas and it’s been a really positive one.

“Over the last 10 days we’ve tried to settle things down and the enthusiasm, energy and willingness to learn from the players has been excellent.

“I’ve already come up against Stevenage this year and it’s going to be a tough game because they’ve had a good start.

“Their manager has got them working hard, taking no chances and they are being solid at the back but we’re looking forward to it.”

Dino Maamria

Boro boss Dino Maamria says…

“We’ve made a better start than I expected considering we had 16 new players but I still don’t think we are where we need to be.

“Everyone is happy and learning all the time and we are in a fantastic position coming into the eighth game of the season.

“We are only three points from third position and we have a good working environment.”

Will patching

Team news

Kewell still has several first-team players missing through injury but he says new signings Cedric Evina and Jamie Turley are fit enough to be involved.

Will Patching could hope to feature again after coming on to make his league debut at Exeter last Saturday and scoring for the Under 23s in midweek.

Stevenage have doubts over Danny Newton, Kurtis Guthrie and Alex Revell who have all picked up knocks.

Jon Stead vs Stevenage

We’ve met before

Notts picked up four points against Stevenage last season, drawing 1-1 at the Lamex Stadium last November and winning 2-0 at Meadow Lane in February.

Two goals inside the last quarter of an hour decided the home tie, with Jorge Grant opening the scoring in the 77th minute before Shola Ameobi put the match to bed with 10 minutes to play.

Notts also won 2-0 the last time the sides met in September, with Lee Hughes and Ben Burgess on the scoresheet back in 2011.

This weekend's officials

Referee: Ross Joyce

Assistants: Alix Pashley and David Avent

Fourth official: Stephen Wade

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Match Reports

Notts 3-3 Stevenage

Magpies cruelly denied first win as Kewell makes Meadow Lane bow

15 September 2018

Harry Kewell's first home match in charge of Notts County ended in a 3-3 draw with Stevenage.

It was a dramatic afternoon at Meadow Lane with Notts taking the lead on three occasions only to be pegged back each time.

Jon Stead was on the mark from the penalty spot, Enzio Boldewijn curled home another beauty and Kane Hemmings also found the target.

But Ben Kennedy, Alex Revell and Danny Newton were all on hand to level the scores as Notts' wait for their first win continued.

Kewell made five changes to the team that faced Exeter last weekend.

The Australian handed debuts to Jamie Turley and Cedric Evina, who slotted in at right back and left back respectively.

Rob Milsom partnered Noor Husin in central midfield, with Lewis Alessandra taking Nathan Thomas' left-wing slot.

Stead captained the team, lining up alongside Hemmings up front.

Kristian Dennis and David Vaughan had to settle for a place on the bench, while Elliott Hewitt and Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain were absent from the squad.

It was an even start to the contest but Dean Farman was the first keeper to be tested, denying Stead after the skipper had shown neat footwork in the box.

Fitzsimons was called into action for the first time moments later, hanging on to Michael Timlin's shot before both Revell and Ben Kennedy saw efforts go over - the second courtesy of a deflection.

It had been an entertaining start and Hemmings twice went close to giving the Magpies faithful the opening goal they so craved.

First, his header from Evina's cross went just wide before, on 21 minutes, he latched on to Stead's knockdown 12 yards out but saw his effort diverted over by a heroic Stevenage defender.

But Notts didn't have to wait much longer as Stead was hauled down from the resultant corner before converting the penalty calmly to make it 1-0.

Kewell's men pressed on in search of a second and there were further glimmers for Hemmings before Elliott Ward sent a half-volley over the bar following a corner.

Shaun Brisley and Alessandra both entered the book for late challenges before Boldewijn went agonisingly close to a spectacular goal, cutting in on his right foot - having earlier swapped wings with Alessandra - and whistling an effort just wide of the far post from the edge of the area.

Cruelly, Notts were then pegged back - and there was certainly a stroke of luck in the build up as Brisley's well-excecuted sliding challenge saw the ball bounce fortuitously into an opponent's path down the left. Kennedy made no mistake at the back post, meeting a low cross to guide the ball beyond the wrong-footed Fitzsimons.

The Magpies' frustrations were short-lived, however, as Boldewijn found the net with a similar effort to that which went just wide minutes earlier. He had to work harder to get his shot away for this one, coming back on himself to earn the room to send a low, curling effort into the bottom far corner.

It looked like Kewell's side were heading into the break with a priceless advantage but the visitors had other ideas, standing the ball up at the back post for the imposing Revell to nod the ball back across goal and into the net.

Three minutes were added on at the end of a frenetic first half, deep into which Stead pulled the ball back for Alessandra, who scampered to meet it before a Stevenage defender. Under pressure, he could only guide it wide.

Kewell's first change came at half-time as fit-again Matt Tootle replaced Turley at right back.

And shortly after the restart Notts could - and perhaps should - have restored their lead as Alessandra did brilliantly to supply Stead, who took the ball in his stride to go one-on-one with Farman. The keeper was equal to his effort, however, and a golden opportunity was gone.

It wasn't to matter, however, as more terrific work from Alessandra moments later provided Hemmings with the opportunity to control the ball expertly in the area before guiding it past Farman in the Stevenage net.

The visitors once again threatened an equaliser, Newton sending a fierce effort over before Fitzsimons turned Revell's shot behind.

But it could well have been 4-2 to Notts moments later when brilliant work from Boldewijn resulted in him drifting a cross to Stead at the back post. From a tight angle, the forward could only side-foot his effort wide of the target. Boldewijn was flagged offside as he tried to turn the ball home.

The game then entered a quiet period as the Magpies, while still showing intent to extend their advantage, protected their lead.

But, unfortunately, they were pegged back yet again with a quarter of an hour to play when the ball was cut back from the byline for Newton to guide beyond Fitzsimons from near the penalty spot.

Kewell's second change came with 11 minutes to play when Husin made way for Thomas, who went to right wing. Alessandra slotted in next to Milsom.

The game was anyone's going into the dying stages and Kennedy's eyes lit up when Notts' botched clearance presented him with a chance to shoot from just outside the area. He could only send the ball straight at Fitzsimons, however.

Five minutes were added on at the end of an exhausting afternoon, during which the outstanding Alessandra stung Farman's palms with a speculative low effort from range.

But that was to be the last of the goalmouth action as the teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Stevenage (H)

14 September 2018

Tickets are now on sale for Notts County's Sky Bet League Two match against Stevenage on Saturday 15 September (kick-off 3pm).

Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £20 £20 £20
65 and over £14 £14 £14
18-21 £14 £14 £14
Under 18 £7 £7 £7
Under 16 £5 £5 £5
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

Prices for supporters aged 12 and over will rise by £2 on matchday.

†Under 7s' tickets cannot be claimed online.

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here. More information on buying tickets online can be found here.

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